Thursday, March 28, 2019


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce that they recently received grant funding from the Ketrow Foundation. The Ketrow Foundation offers funding for organizations in need who serve the Darke County community. The funding will be utilized for Big Brothers Big Sisters after-school Big Buddies mentoring programs located at Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles Schools.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a vision for all children to achieve success in life. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. By partnering with parents, guardians, volunteers, and others in the community; BBBS is held accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the “Littles”, but for high school volunteers as well.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. Help support our local Big Brothers Big Sisters by participating in their 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K on June 20th. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information. Duck Derby adoptions, 5K registration, prize information, and more information regarding the upcoming event can be found on the agency’s website.

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